Saturday, May 6, 2017
Now, we're right at the start of Spirit - which is a very looonnng portion of the work - but we do have the first three commentary videos produced and posted publicly, providing the introduction to the entire Spirit portion.
This part of the work is likely to take quite a long time to get through - probably the next year and a half - but it is one of the most interesting portions of the Phenomenology of Spirit. And, once it is finished, we're quite close to the end of the work - just Religion and Absolute Knowing still to comment upon.
Here are the first three videos on the Spirit section:
Monday, April 17, 2017
That means that we are ready to start a new - and equally lengthy - portion of the work: Spirit! I've already started shooting footage for the commentary videos early on in the Spirit portion - the very introductory materials. The first of those will be coming out either tomorrow - for my Patreon supporters, who get a sneak peek at the new material - or on Sunday, before the Hegel Party - for everyone else.
In any case, here are the final four videos in Reason - the entirety of "Reason as Testing Laws":
Lecture 171 - paragraphs 425
Lecture 172 - paragraphs 426-428
Now, we are ready to move into the very last section of Reason - "Reason as Testing Laws"!
Friday, April 7, 2017
So that deserves a celebration - to mark this milestone in the Half Hour Hegel project - and I'm inviting all of you to join me on Sunday, April 23 in our ReasonIO FreeConferenceCall space to raise a glass on your end, and toast the achievement!
It has been a lot of work - more than three years in at this point - to create the 175+ videos we've produced so far. I'm very grateful for the continued support that my Patreon backers have shown me over that time, making it feasible to devote the time, thought, and energy to this demanding project!
Already in its unfinished state, this video commentary has become a helpful resource for thousands of learners worldwide. Just looking at the stats in YouTube today, we have had nearly 270,000 total views of the videos. Even more staggering, something like 2.7 million minutes - or if you like, 1875 total days, or a bit over 5 years - of videocommentary have been watched by viewers worldwide!
So clearly the videos are getting some traction - and this is just three years into what will likely be a five-year project - and who knows how long the finished videocommentary will be around (hopefully decades or even centuries)!
As a side-note, if you're not a Patreon supporter, you might be wondering how it is that we're far enough in the series to schedule this Hegel Party for the 23rd. Is that the case? There's a simple answer - in addition to their other perks, Patreon supporters get to see the videos a week or so in advance of their release to the general public.
If you're interested in supporting this project - even just $1 a video makes a difference over time - check out the Patreon site, and consider becoming a supporter! Even if you're not interested in that, though, I heartily invite you to join us for the Hegel Party!
Monday, April 3, 2017
This is a very short section, only ten paragraphs, and it is followed by another equally short section, so before you know it. we'll have finished up with the entire Reason portion of the Phenomenology, and be ready to start the next massive portion, Spirit!
So, can rational self-consciousness make sense of its own project, the "heart of the matter" that it has discovered to be that "ethical substance" it has been seeking since the start of the second part of the Reason portion? Has it at last arrived at something it can confidently hold in its grip and be entirely sure about?
That's an interesting "big picture" question. You'll notice that Hegel resolves it in part by focusing in on some useful examples - that's what the entirety of paragraph 424 consists in, consideration of the ethical law: everyone should speak the truth. Here are the first three videos in this new section: